Discussion in 'Transportation' started by werewolf won, Jun 16, 2011.
Didn’t take much convincing
Well it is national bike month. Apparently.
No 39 tooth small chainring available for the FSA crank on the new bike. It doesn't use regular chainrings.
They use four bolts and don't form a circle, are asymetrical. The big ring is 120mm BCD, the small 90. I'm unaware of aftermarket rings for this crank and FSA only makes 34 and 36 small rings.
Lame! It's either live with it or buy a new crank. I'll give it a try before I do that. Never buy a crank like this. Only buy cranks with standard, circular BCDs.
Here's what $1300 buys you from Specialized, Sequoia.
Steel frame, steel fork, Sora and Alivio 9 speed drivetrain, square taper bottom bracket, cable discs.
It's a dang cool bike with it's steel frame and fork, but, compare it to what that buys from Bikesdirect.
To get hydraulic brakes you have to move up to the Sequoia Elite, $2000. Very cool, steel frame, carbon fork.
The carbon Diverge Comp is $3000, a very cool bike.
So I went to the same swap meet I got the nishiki at last year and bought a box full of road and mountain presta tubes. I got home and emptied out the box and there was a shimano clipless pedal box. Inside was a set of shimano clipless pedals, but also had a bag labeled ti speedplay. Sure enough there’s a set of titanium speedplay zero pedals and a set of ti speedplay frogs. I’m pretty happy for that. Paid $1 for 20 tubes and got $400 in pedals. They dont have the cleats but I can get them easily.
No, you're going to take them back to the owners next week. : ))
This was mine when I first bought it
I bought it used through craigslist
A couple weeks ago taking a short ride around the office parking lot.
I watched a vid of the 1992 Paris Roubaix race. I hadn't been a cyclist for long at that time. I remember it well, except in 1992 there wasn't much on the Internet and I didn't have a computer. Cycling news came from magazines in those days. Gilbert Duclos Lassalle won at age 38, a record. He won it in 1993 too in a photo finish with Franco Ballerini. I remember being pleased that someone my age won The Queen of the Classics. Ballerini threw his hands in the air in victory only to be bitterly disappointed. He went on the win it two times but was then killed in a car rally race.
Lassalle used a Rock Shox fork on his bike. Paul Turner, the founder of Rock Shox, went to France to convince the riders to use his fork. Suspension forks were in their infancy in '92. After he won, Phil Liggett said, all the riders will be using one next year. No one uses a suspension fork these days. A few years later Trek built full suspension bikes for the Motorola team for Paris Roubaix. When they got to the start line, the race organizer said they couldn't ride them in the race.
Lassalle on a Rock Shox. The rider next to him has one too and is wearing Briko sunglasses, the height of fashion at the time, still cool. Obviously, the helmet rule was not strictly enforced. The head gear you see are called hair nets, they are not helmets. Everyone was on steel bikes and most still had the shifters on the downtube.
PS Gravel racing is nothing new.
PS PS Look at their body positioning, so beautiful, so perfect.
Completely forgot that I had this wheel. Tubular mavic gl 330 laced to a campy hub with ti spokes. The yellow tubular Vitoria tires does not have any holes but I want a black tire. Tire has stans just in case of flats.
i'm getting in shape.
two things needing it. i am hiking Machu Picchu in july, and i am elk bowhunting in Sept.
here is my workout. targeting legs of iron, lungs of hugeness and heart of awesome. this is a steep rocky climb. granny gear city.
Looks hard! Lucky you going to Machu Picchu.
Went out for a morning ride, laps around the lake, and got in 3 races.
First was a guy in my peer group, old, on an aero bar setup. I was stuck at a light and he came up from behind. He timed the light so that he could get a rolling start when it turned green, I had to start from a standstill. Naturally, he got ahead but I quickly caught up, pulled even, and said, never give a sucker an even break. No response, no smile, no nothing from him. He poured it on and I followed. He was spinning quickly but he was all leg, no gluts, and I could tell he wouldn't last, he didn't and I could hear his breathing as I left him.
The second was a guy coming up fast from behind. I was going fast so he was going really fast. He was still a ways back. I buckled down and concentrated on transfering the weight from the bar to the saddle and engage the gluts more. I nearly arrested the rate of his closing. I had enough of a gap to sit up before the symbolic finish line, the red light, and still get there first. He came up to the light and shouted a greetng, it was Aaron, a pro.
The third was a young buck. He came up from behind soon after I left a red light. He was up to speed and I wasn't. I had to sprint to catch him and get on his wheel. He poured it on. I think he thought he lost me. He looked back, saw I was still there, shifted up, and poured it on again. We were getting close to the signal where I was going to turn off, so I passed him, turned my face to him and said, haw! He was all smiles and we bid each other a good day.
New bike arriving today. I ordered pedals from Jenson USA and they got here in 24 hrs. The bar won't be here until 5/18 even though I ordered 4/21. Niagara Cycle is so slow but they have a great inventory. I will have to borrow the handle bar from my gravel bike.
Niagra was great when I was in rochester NY, came the next day because I was 50 miles from them.
Been busy with the fixie since I have been home for the past 3 days
Welded up a bracket to use a rear rack as a front, now I need to level it. That oil slick colored sticker says shut up and ride on the top tube.
Got a new seat from the local dump of all places, the guy there said I could have it. Lets see if anyone can guess the make.(fizik)
New bike has arrivadercheed. More later.
Looks like you did *just enough* for the photo op lol
seems like a good spot for a drink and a progress photo to me.
Seatstays, or rather, seatstay.
I got this bike because the frame looked so strong, I weigh 200.
The bike doesn't seem overly stiff and is quiet. I can actually use the bar because of the "crooks" in the drops, I can stand in the drops. I know Ritchie makes a bar with flared drops and I will look into them.
The bars, stem, seatpost, and saddle are really nice. The seatpost is offset, loosen two screws and adjust angle infinately, really nice.
The only thing that looks cheap is the awful external cam skewers but I going to do the poorman's thru axle conversion anyway.
The stem is probably 1 cm too long, shucks, it's pretty. It has 1 20mm, and 3 10mm carbon headset spacers. It should have 2 5mm spacers in the place of one of the 10s.
The hubs are Joytech loose ball bearing, but seem to roll smoothly. The rims are 19mm WTB tubeless. The tires are nice Continental 700x28.
I will ride it in anger tomorrow morning.
Yes, that's a very sharp looking bike. Very beefy looking. Room for fatter tires, too.
My favorite bike ever!! Surly ECR 29 x 3 tires, Brooks saddle, Jones bars
is the front brake hose supposed to go on the inside of the fork like mountain bikes? Looks good though!
Thanks. Bikesdirect says up tp 700x40. Why have less?
Awesome bike. I am lovin' a Jones bar on my 29+.
No on the front brake but the rear is internal. I was just looking at it wondering what the procedure is to replace it.
I ordered a Ritchie VentureMax handlebar and a shorter Ritchie Comp stem. The 46cm bars were sold out everyhere so I got a 44cm. It'll work.
Bike Snob was saying that wide bars were fashionable in NYC among the fixie hipsters. For a long time they were in to cutting there bars down to ridiculous widths, the rationale being to squeeze through gaps in traffic.
I would cut those bars down but I might use them on a mtb in the future. They are 700mm wide and are very comfortable for me, the bars on my orbea are 780mm wide.
Did a nice group ride this morning, need to add a volume spacer in my rear shock.
It wont let me upload the full resolution photo of this for some reason. BCUSA doesnt like dslr photos for some reason.
Well...did the maiden voyage on the new bike. It's fast, had no trouble hanging with anybody I encountered doing laps around the lake, AKA the Westlake Village criterium course. I pulled up behind two wealthy roadees I know and yelled, the world has come to an end, George got a carbon fibre bike. They got a big laugh outta' that. Both riding Pinarellos with hydraulique discs and electronique shifting. Both were very impressed by the Motobecane and it's price. Brian said, you don't want to know what I paid for this.
Although the bike doesn't feel super stiff it picks up speed quickly, sneaky fast. It has a really nice ride and is very quiet. The shifting is good, no clackity clacking even once. The brakes leave nothing to be desired. Since I am accustomed to riding drops only that's how I rode today. It was very doable sitting or standing. I only put my hands on the tops a few times in casual circumstances. I tried the hoods but felt clueless there, I'm not a hoods rider. The bar is plenty usable but the VentureMax bar will be better.
I never got any brake rub after riding over rough stuff which means the quick release skewers are adequate. If they're not there will be rub until the wheel re-settles in the dropout. BTW The front dropouts are forward facing which really works in this respect. The saddle is really skinny but it's adequate and it's pretty.
I told the two roadees that I got a carbon fibre bike but that there was no way that I was going to start wearing lycra. : ))
Today marks 2 years since stevie smith passed away. He was one of the better downhill racers around, he definitely left his mark in the cycling community .
Ill never wear lycra either. I raced enduro in jean shorts with a Hawaiian shirt.
Shame to go at such an early age with such a bright future.
I wore lycra for 20 years, it's not like I don't know from.....
It's Saturday. Going geek hunting on my new carbon fibre bike. Got it all fitting good and tuned. It's going to be great.
Got a trek 400 roadbike for free today. Too bad it’s a 60cm. If it was a 56 or 58 I could make it work. Looking for a old steel frame to swap some modern components onto.
I did a little geek hunting this morning on the trails, on a carbon S-Works stumpjumper.
Ha ha, you know what geek hunting means.
Well, I didn't bag any geeks because I bumped into three friends and rode with them. All were impressed by the Motobecane. All were on much more expensive bikes.
I have been telling them for years about Bikesdirect but only now, after they've seen this bike, is it sinking in. For the price of an aluminum bike with rim brakes from Trek, Specialized, or Cannondale, you can get carbon with hydraulic discs and Ultegra.
I hung with those guys effortlessly, actually had to hold back a bit so as not to be a dick. One guy kept falling back and seemed to be a little bitter.
I had the fit dialed in pretty good. Late in the ride I realized the drops needed to be tilted down a little which I've done. The reach and height are perfect.
I think the BioMax bars are going to stay on the bike. They work, don't fix something if it's not broken. I will put the VentureMax bar on the Traitor.
Your Pics look so much better than the Stock Pics from BD! Sharp looking Bike!
Thank you. Yesterday, a rider with money to burn said it was a good looking bike.
I got out for a ride along the Cedar River and stopped for a cold beer.
Replacing cracked rim by taping new rim to old and transfering spokes to new.
This took a couple of hours. I got it centered in the frame pretty well. There's a little hop in the new rim but it's no worse than the old one. Rides smoothly.
You can see the crack in the old rim.
The new rim is 25mm, the old was 23 but they are identical otherwise, down to the decals. I couldn't find a 23mm so I bought a 25. You'd have to have a sharp eye to tell the rear was 25mm and the front was 23.
I absolutely crushed this weekend on my new bike. I would not be afraid of any pack ride.
My friend, George, saw my bike for the first time today, he loved it. He rides a 2017 Cannondale with hydraulique discs and electronique shifting, a $6000 bike.
I didn't say it, but honestly, the Motobecane is much better looking. The frame and fork on the Cannondale look whimpy by comparison.
Jason saw and rode my bike yesterday, wants one, but I don't know how that would go down with his employer, Torelli Bicycle Co., who make nothing but steel.
He said that Torelli is looking for ways to make a more affordable frames.
I ordered some of these.
They are extra long and extra thick. I will try them on my Wald 872s. Jeff Jones recommends them for Jones bars.
They are expensive, 30+ bux, but I found them on Amazon for $4, probably a mistake. It wouldn't let me order more than one pair. I tried to order another pair but the price went up to $36! We'll see if they deliver them.
I also ordered some silicone grips from China for $1 a pair. They are made of the same stuff as the ESI grips above. They are normal length but I will simply use two grips per
side. 2 bucks is a lot better than $36. We'll see if it works, not much at risk.
I put those long extra chunky grips on my Jones bar. They were a little challenging to get pushed all the way on in one motion.
Did you use Windex or rubbing alcohol? What do you think of the ESI grips?
I used rubbing alcohol and they are extremely comfortable. My hands take XL sized gloves so the extra thick version works great for me. I would spend the $36 buying straight from Jones over again.